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NTRIS 2017 – 2021
The National Traveller and Roma Inclusion Strategy was published in June 2017. We view this document as a much needed roadmap for Traveller and Roma inclusion that outlines positive commitments across departments and agencies.
Click here for our full statement on the publication of NTRIS. Click on image below for full document.
Monitoring National Traveller and Roma Inclusion
Pavee Point is part of a project with 90 NGOs across Europe, working to monitor the implementation of National Traveller and Roma Strategies. This is being led by the Central European University.
NTRIS Steering Group
The new national Traveller Roma Inclusion Strategy is to be monitored by the National Traveller Roma Inclusion Strategy Steering Group. Chaired by the Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality, the NTRIS steering group is comprised of department officials, and Traveller and Roma civil society representatives. A Roma working group, established in June 2016 as the first national level structure with Roma representation from across the country, will also play a role in monitoring the implementation of the NTRIS.
European Union Platform for Roma Inclusion
We attend annual meetings on Roma inclusion in the EU. We participate in the European Union Platform for Roma Inclusion. The European Platform for Roma Inclusion brings together national governments, the EU, international organisations and Roma civil society representatives.
In June 2015 we attended the pre-sessional hearing of the UN Children’s Rights Committee in Geneva. This followed a detailed submission to the Committee on the rights of Traveller and Roma children. This was an opportunity to highlight issues affecting Roma and Traveller children including, lack of acknowledgement of Traveller ethnicity, experiences of poverty, lack of access to education, poor health, the inclusion of Traveller children on the Garda PULSE system and the removal of Roma children from their families.
Read our full submission to the UN Committee , March 2015
Read our UPDATE on our submission to the UN Committee, December 2015
Read the Committee’s questions to Ireland which will have to be answered at the State hearing in 2016
Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
In June 2015 we attended the 55th session of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights where Ireland was examined under the UN Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. We highlighted issues, including a lack of acknowledgement of Traveller ethnicity, Traveller health and education inequalities, lack of access to social supports for Roma and the need for ethnic data in Ireland. We did this through our own submission and lobbying and by participating with an alliance of civil society organisations, coordinated by FLAC. We welcome the strong recommendations made by the Committee in relation to Traveller and Roma rights.
Civil and Political Rights
In June 2014 we attended the 111th session of the human rights committee where Ireland was examined under the UN Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meetings
We attend and contribute to the OSCE (Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights) human rights work annually. We attend and present at the Human Dimension Implementation and Supplementary meetings. This includes making official statements to the OSCE and member states in relation to the implementation of the Action Plan on Improving the Situation of Roma and Sinti.